What Can I Do With a Major In Chicano-Latino Studies?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about a major in Chicano & Latino studiesAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and Chicano & Latino studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include an understanding of historical, cultural, social, and political factors relevant to ChicanX/LatinX populations; understanding of cross-cultural issues and diversity; and the ability to recognize and advocate for community needs.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IES" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

Professional Organizations

  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social/Women in Letters for Social Change
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • National Association for Ethnic Studies
  • Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa

Graduate Programs in Chicano & Latino Studies and Related Fields

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory or Peterson's Guide.

  • PhD, Latino Studies and Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies - University of Illinois at Chicago
  • PhD, Chicana and Chicano Studies - University of California Santa Barbara
  • PhD, Chicano/Latino Studies - Michigan State University

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Healthcare & Science

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Medical Secretary - Noran Neurological Clinic
  • Case Aide Specialist - Anoka County Community Healthcare
  • Office Assistant - Firstat Nursing and Home Health Care Services
  • Office Administrator - Senior Home Health Care

Experienced

  • Diet Technician - Hennepin County Medical Center*
  • Case Aide Specialist - Anoka County Community Healthcare
  • Patient Services Manager - Sodexo
  • Community Researcher/Project Leader - West Side Community Health Services
  • Medical Interpreter- Local Clinics & Hospitals

Graduate Programs

  • BS, Nutrition and Dietetics - University of Minnesota
  • MPH - University of California Berkeley
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • College Readiness Course Instructor - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Avid Tutor - Intermediate District 287
  • Tutor - City of Lakes AmeriCorp
  • Discover Program Coordinator - Hands on Atlanta
  • ELL Teacher - Faribault Public Schools
  • Community Program Assistant - University of Minnesota
  • Admissions Counselor - St Catherine University
  • Admission & Enrollment Coordinator - University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • Office Manager - La Raza Student Cultural Center
  • Office/Administrative Assistant - University of Minnesota
  • Principal Operations Specialist/Interviewer - University of Minnesota

Experienced

  • Associate Academic Advisor - University of Minnesota*
  • EL Teacher - St. Cloud Area School District*
  • Graduate Research Assistant - University of Minnesota*
  • Spanish Teacher - Brooklyn Center*
  • Spanish Teacher - St. Paul*
  • Lecturer - Washington University in St. Louis School of Law*
  • Spanish Teacher - Richfield*
  • Creator & Facilitator of Everyday Leaders - Atlanta Charter Middle School
  • 8th grade Spanish Teacher, 6th grade Humanities Teacher - Atlanta Charter Middle School*
  • Lead ELL Teacher & World History ELL Teacher - Minneapolis Public Schools*
  • Instructor - University of Illinois at Chicago*
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow at El Instituto - University of Connecticut
  • Assistant Professor - Denison University*
  • Evaluation Project Consultant Senior - Minnesota Department of Education
  • Results Measurement Specialist - Minnesota Department of Education
  • Associate Professor of Law - Saint Louis University*
  • Student Programs Coordinator - University of Minnesota Law School
  • Senior Coordinator of Student Programs & Diversity Initiatives - University of Minnesota Law School*
  • K-12 Teacher & Family Liaison - Annandale School District*
  • Office Manager, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, Office for Equity & Diversity - University of Minnesota
  • Assistant to the Associate Deans - University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Coordinator for Student Recruitment and Engagement - University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Graduate Programs

  • MEd, Curriculum & Instruction - University of Minnesota
  • EdS, Educational Leadership and Administration - Capella University
  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Administration - Capella University
  • MEd, Curriculum & Instruction Second Languages and Cultures - University of Minnesota
  • MEd, Curriculum & Instruction - University of Minnesota
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Loan Servicing Supervisor - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • DSR/Operator and Client Service Representative - Merrill Corporation Legal Solutions
  • Realtor - Molina Realtors
  • Owner - Rabbit Moon Yoga & Wellness
  • Operations Manager and Wine Club Administrator - Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery
  • Sales Manager - Ann Taylor-Rosedale Mall
  • Bilingual Leave of Absence Specialist - Target Corp
  • Leave and Disability Case Manager - Aon Hewitt
  • Leave of Absence Representative - Sedgwick

Experienced

  • Employment Services Supervisor - Jewish Family Services of St. Paul
  • CEO/President - Stellar One, LL
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Summer Associate & Legal Secretary - Schaefer Law Firm LLC
  • Committee Legislative Assistant - Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Fulbright Scholar - Barcelona, Spain
  • Community Outreach - District 8 Summit-University Planning Council

Experienced

  • Employment and Labor Relations Attorney - Ruder Ware LLSC*
  • Recruiting Manager - US Census Bureau
  • Field Director - Linda Higgins for Hennepin County Commissioner*
  • Political Strategist & Campaign Organizer - freelance*
  • Associate Attorney, Stang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy s.c.; Labor and Employment Attorney - Ruder Ware LLSC*
  • Senior Case Manager - De Leon & Nestor, LLC*

Graduate Programs

  • JD - Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • JD - Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Marquette University Law School
  • MA, Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, Evaluation Studies - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Public Policy with an emphasis in Public and Private Leadership and Nonprofit Management - University of Minnesota Humphrey School
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Policy Intern, Citizen’s League Capital Pathways

Entry-Level

  • Popular Education Associate - Center for Earth Energy & Democracy
  • Fellow - Health Equity Advocacy Leadership Project
  • Lead Counselor - Volunteers of America Minnesota
  • Developmental Trainee - Fraser Child & Family Center
  • Economic Developer - Latino Economic Development Center
  • Service Coordinator - Wilder Foundation
  • Job Developer - Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Career Preparation Specialist - Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corp
  • Home Study Professional - African American Adoption Agency

Graduate Programs

  • MSW, Human Services Management - University of Minnesota
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.